Evaluation of a Skin of Color Curriculum for Dermatology Residents

Julia M. Mhlaba, David S. Pontes, Stavonnie S. Patterson, Roopal V. Kundu

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The United States skin of color population is increasing. Consequently, the importance of skin of color education in dermatology residency programs will continue to grow. Previous data has shown a lack of formal education on skin of color across residency programs. In order to address this identified knowledge gap, we created a curriculum focusing exclusively on skin of color for dermatology residents. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effect of a week-long curriculum on the perception of dermatology residents’ comfort level treating patients of color and to determine if this type of curriculum could be expanded to other dermatology residents. Results demonstrated a significant increase when residents were asked to rate their overall confidence in managing patients with skin of color on a scale from 1 (minimally confident) to 10 (extremely confident) pre- and post-intervention. Overall, 100% of learners felt that their ability to care for patients of color was improved by this curriculum and that a skin of color curriculum should be an annual component of their dermatology academic curriculum. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(7):786-789. doi:10.36849/JDD.6193.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-789
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of drugs in dermatology : JDD
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

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